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Today's News

  • Vandals finish strong, earn payback vs. Panthers

    When the Vandalia Vandals played at Litchfield in December, they let one slip away.
    Not this time.
    History did not repeat itself, as the Vandals held off the Litchfield Panthers late, securing a 62-54 home victory on Friday night.
    The loss avenged a Dec. 19 loss to the Panthers. In that game, the Vandals overcame an 11-point deficit late in the game, but then couldn't hold on, suffering a disappointing loss.
    In Friday's rematch, the Vandals built a 10-point lead early in the game, and then held off the Panthers in the fourth quarter.

  • Lady Vandals win on Senior Night

    On the night the seniors were recognized, one of them came up with arguably the biggest shot of the game.
    With the host Lady Vandals clinging to a four-point lead, visiting Roxana appeared to have all of the momentum.
    But Vandalia senior forward Elizabeth Miller caught a pass, took a dribble and scored in the lane to make it a six-point game with time running out.
    The hoop proved key as the Vandalia Lady Vandals knocked off Roxana, 55-46, on Thursday night.
    It was Miller's only hoop of the game, but it was a big one.

  • With four champs, Vandals take second at Litchfield

    LITCHFIELD — With four individuals champions and eight total medalists, the Vandalia Vandals finished second in the final team standings at the 2015 Rich Lovellette Panther Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
    Lena-Winslow won the team title with 213.5 points. Vandalia was second (165), Auburn was third (163), with Murphsyboro (161) and Orion (144) fourth and fifth, respectively. Other top 10 teams were West Frankfort, Litchfield, MICDS, Roxana and Harrisburg.

  • Vandals escape Pana with a win

    PANA — By doing just enough down the stretch, the Vandalia Vandals survived and escaped with a 66-63 win at Pana on Tuesday night.
    A wild finish ended with Pana's Adam Miller missing a potential game-tying jumper, as the Vandals made enough foul shots late to secure a rivalry victory.
    "That was crazy," Vandalia Coach Brian Buscher said of the game. "The kids played through it, though. I've been coaching since 1999, and it always seems to be crazy when we come to Pana."
    Buscher said his squad got it done in crunch time.

  • Two injured in Route 51 accident

    Both drivers involved in an accident on U.S. Route 51 near Vernon early last Saturday morning were airlifted to St. Louis hospitals.

    According to the Illinois State Police, a 2008 Nissan Sentra driven by Kevin W. Donnals, 31, of Farina, was northbound on Route 51 when he crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a 2007 Ford propane tanker truck driven by a 58-year-old Vandalia male. His name was not released by the state police.

    The Patoka and Vandalia fire departments were called to extricate Donnals from his vehicle.

  • Lady Vandals beat Greenville, fall to state-ranked Litchfield

    "It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it."
    That's how Michelle McNary summed up her team's 33-31 win over Greenville on Tuesday night.
    The Lady Vandals had a double-digit lead, but the Comets put together a late spurt to make things interesting.
    In the end, the hosts made enough free throws to hold on for the hard-fought win.

  • Vandalia wrestling team earns dual wins

    PETERSBURG — The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team improved to 24-7 in duals after two close wins on Saturday.
    Vandalia defeated Beardstown, 40-39.
    The Vandals also edged Petersburg-PORTA, 40-37.
    Beardstown
    Beardstown won by forfeit at 106 pounds, but Vandalia's Jarrett Paslay won by forfeit at 113.
    Jake Lux of Beardstown defeated Chaston Womack, 3-2, at 120. Ryne Lipsey of Vandalia pinned Casimir Amare in 42 seconds at 126.

  • 100 CAREER VICTORIES

    Jake Stewart has a passion for wrestling.
    And that passion has allowed the Vandalia Community High School senior to make progress year after year in his chosen sport.
    That progress was evident recently, as Stewart recorded the 100th victory of his prep career last Wednesday night at Hillsboro.
    "It's something you think about and strive for when you come into high school as a freshman" Stewart said of getting 100 wins. "It's a good accomplishment."

  • Elks clinic in Effingham on Feb. 19

    The Effingham Elks 1016 Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corp., will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Thursday, Feb. 19.
    The clinic is from 8:30-9:30 a.m., by appointment only, at the Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, 1303 W. Evergreen Ave., in Effingham. Dr. Timothy Gray will be the clinician in charge.
    To make an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are no charges for any services at this clinic.

  • Eagles presentation on Feb. 14

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle, will host an eagle watch on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the library.
    At 10 a.m. and noon, the World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles” and will bring a live bald eagle to demonstrate the majestic flight and nature of this bird.